You never know what is going to come out of the mouth of a liberal college administrator. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, some left-wing nut says something even stranger. The latest example comes in the form of a panel discussion in which one participant said that “police should stop prosecuting individuals who shoplift from Wal-Mart and Target.”
As reported by MRCtv.org, Everett D. Mitchell, the Director of Community Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was participating in a discussion titled “Best Policing Practices” when he came up with the profound “logic” that people who steal should not be arrested.
Everett Mitchell: “I just don’t think they should be prosecuting cases for people who steal from Wal-Mart. I don’t think that. I don’t think that Target, and all them other places – the big boxes that have insurance – they should be using the people that steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police behavior.”
To add to the anti-police ideas being pushed at this university, professors Sara L. McKinnon and Karma R. Chavez wrote a letter to the editor in which they call on the police force to stop patrolling certain areas of the city.
We write this as a white lesbian woman and a light-skinned queer Chicana in solidarity with the Young Gifted and Black Coalition. … We urge Koval to sincerely consider the demand for no police interaction. It is not an unreasonable request because for many of us in this city, it is already the reality. We also call on other nonblack people in Madison to think about the privilege of living without an occupying force in your neighborhood.
What is going on here? Have these people lost all touch with reality? I’m sure there are plenty of police officers who would rather not patrol certain areas, but that’s what they do. They put their lives on the line so that others can be safe… and so others, like these so-called “educators” can point fingers and criticize.